Fishing for reviews, catching a big one.

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  As Indie writers, we chase after three kinds of reviews: editorial reviews from mainline media, blog reviews from cyberspace, and reader reviews from the people who buy our books. Readers occasionally write reviews, but usually, they read, close the book, look for another. They bless us with royalties. Blog reviews are the easiest to… Continue reading Fishing for reviews, catching a big one.

Trust always sleeps on a bed of truth.

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  A non-fiction writer asks about citing “original” sources, as opposed to taking something already on the internet or in print and using it in his work. I replied that trust always sleeps on a bed of truth. At magazine’s such as the Reader’s Digest and newspapers such as the New York Times, sources are… Continue reading Trust always sleeps on a bed of truth.

Wrinkled Heartbeats Breaks Onto Best Seller Lists

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On November 24, 2015, a little more than a month after it was published, Wrinkled Heartbeats by Temple Emmet Williams made it into the Top 20 on three separate best-seller lists in the Thriller & Suspense genre at Amazon. The author is in the process of writing a blog post that explains how and why the… Continue reading Wrinkled Heartbeats Breaks Onto Best Seller Lists

Judging Book Reviews

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Getting reviews can make or break a book. When writers try to manipulate the process, they often run into problems. New or frustrated authors try to buy reviews, and a cottage industry exists that feeds their desires. It almost always leads to a failure that can destroy the writer’s reputation and any hope of ever “making it” in the industry. Amazon, the… Continue reading Judging Book Reviews

The Secret Of Invisible Ink

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Enter Giveaway In this golden age of publishing, authors need to throw off the cloak of invisible writing. Many people still have a hard time promoting their work. They consider it beneath them, an alien task, the bailiwick of braggarts and con men. They often dismiss the book reviews of writers who self-promote their work, suggesting that the evaluation… Continue reading The Secret Of Invisible Ink

A Website Blueprint for Writers Who Want Readers

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I develop a unique website for every book I write (all two of them, so far). On each site, links can connect readers with: a home page overview of the book, a “Chapters” page of the book – more on that later, reader reviews of the book, professional reviews of the book, if available, an… Continue reading A Website Blueprint for Writers Who Want Readers

When in doubt, grab a poll.

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One of our greatest faults, as independent writers, lets us turn self-deception into certainty. We know something we wrote sounds great. We think the book cover we chose looks great. Yet for some extraordinary reason, the audience forgets to applaud. They take their wallets elsewhere. As a contact sport, being an author can be a… Continue reading When in doubt, grab a poll.

An Author’s Life Ain’t Fair: Here’s Why.

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If you want to succeed as an author, then sales consistency is part of the mix. If you sell, for example, two copies of a book, day after day, your ranking on Amazon best-seller lists will be high. Over a four-week period, you will sell 56 books. In most “narrow” categories, you will be in… Continue reading An Author’s Life Ain’t Fair: Here’s Why.

Can You Sell Books on Facebook?

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I don’t think Facebook is a very good selling medium. In fact, quite the opposite. However, it’s a great “friends” medium, and a useful marketing medium if you use it on the basis of “free” — the magic mantra of the Facebook world. For example. Facebook will not sell a single book, in my experience.… Continue reading Can You Sell Books on Facebook?

What techniques work for a self-publishing author?

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Follow @templewms I was asked what techniques work for a self-publishing author, with the suggestion that advertising sounded like a good idea. Here’s my answer: It’s an open-ended question with so many possible answers … you could write a book. And they have. Dozens. Depends on genre, quality, willingness to promote, knowledge of methods, ability… Continue reading What techniques work for a self-publishing author?